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About Advanced Nurse Practitioner — PRACTICE Residency

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The Advanced Nurse Practitioner Primary care Residency in Addiction, Chronic care, Telehealth, Improvement science, Collaboration and Equity (Advanced NP-PRACTICE) is a residency program created in partnership between the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis Health Medical Center and affiliated centers and clinics, as well as multiple Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC).

The Advanced NP-PRACTICE residency prepares recently graduated family and adult gerontology nurse practitioners (FNPs and AGNPs) to provide high-quality primary care in under-resourced areas. The program’s goal is to accelerate N.P. resident development by sharpening their knowledge and skills in evidence-based primary care practice, critical thinking and independent decision making. The residency supports newly graduated N.P.s as they transition into primary care practice through structured preceptorships and advanced educational training.

The 12-month, full-time residency offers new N.P.s longitudinal primary care clinical practice experience at either a FQHC in an underserved area of California or at a UC Davis Health primary care clinic. In their clinical practice, residents are mentored to learn continuity of care and practice management. Intermixed with their primary care assignment, residents also experience specialty rotations that may include telehealth, wound care, pain management and cardiology. The immersive curriculum also includes online advanced-learning modules as well as simulation training at UC Davis Health state-of-the-art simulation centers.

The Advanced NP-PRACTICE residency program trains up to 10 family or adult gerontology nurse practitioners each year.

Applications for the 2021 cohort open Oct. 30 and close Feb. 7. Sign up to receive email updates about the program, the application process and more.

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Funded by a $3.5 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the Advanced NP-PRACTICE residency is designed to expand medical capacity and improve health outcomes for patients in California’s rural and underserved counties. This innovative program leverages the knowledge, skills and experiences of faculty and staff from several UC Davis Health programs and community partners to prepare N.P.s to help meet the primary care needs.

The N.P. residency program welcomed its first cohort in July. Clinical sites for the 2020-21 cohort include CommuniCare Health Centers, One Community Health, Peach Tree Healthcare, Sacramento County Health Center, Western Sierra Medical Clinic and various UC Davis Health primary and specialty care clinics, including telehealth visits.

The UC Davis Advanced NP-PRACTICE Residency program seeks up to 10 family or adult gerontology nurse practitioners every year to participate in a 12-month structured, mentored practice at either FQHCs in underserved areas throughout California or at UC Davis Health clinics.

Throughout the residency experience, N.P. residents collaborate with expert clinicians as they expand their clinical knowledge, hone their skills and gain the confidence needed to fully participate in team-based primary care, particularly in rural and urban underserved communities. Additionally, this program supports N.P. residents in gaining competence in population health, quality improvement, patient safety, practice management, leadership, telehealth and select specialty care.

The Advanced NP-PRACTICE residency is a 12-month, full-time, limited-term appointment and training opportunity. N.P. residents are engaged full time during the residency experience and typically scheduled for a minimum of 40-hour work weeks to meet all residency program requirements.

The N.P. residency curriculum includes an immersive, practice-based learning experience focused on organizational enculturation and professional development. This includes the following learning methodologies:

  • Direct clinical care to patients at a primary care clinic within a mentored, structured environment with increasing responsibility for their own practice management as the year progresses
  • An understanding of the mission, vision and advanced practice quality metrics of the organizations where they work
  • Select specialty care rotations to better understand how to manage complex health conditions in underserved settings
  • Participation in short, online advanced-learning modules relevant to primary care practice
  • Interprofessional and individual simulation training at UC Davis Health state-of-the-art simulation centers
  • Opportunities to participate in quality improvement conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, case conferences and other scholarly opportunities
  • Leadership and quality improvement projects that N.P. residents develop and implement over the course of the year

Advanced NP-PRACTICE residents are immersed in the clinical practice environment with much of their time spent providing direct clinical care, supplemented with structured interactive advanced training. Throughout the residency, N.P. residents are asked to provide feedback on their learning experiences to ensure they receive meaningful educational opportunities that prepare them to enter professional practice at a high level of competency. N.P. residents are evaluated regularly by their preceptors and also complete self-evaluations regularly.

Applications for 2021-22 are now available.

Deadline for all application materials, including online application and PDF with required documents, is 11:59 p.m. PST Feb. 7, 2021.

Zoom interviews are conducted between March 8 and 12.

  • Candidates invited for an online Zoom interview are notified the week of Feb 22
  • Completion of a Status of Credentialing form will be required of all applicants prior to an interview. This signed statement verifies you obtained or submitted the noted application regarding the following:
    • California R.N. unrestricted license or an in-progress application with the California BRN
    • National Board Certification or an in-progress AANP or ANCC application
    • N.P. certificate and furnishing number certificate or in-progress applications with the California BRN (applies only to applicants who graduated before Feb. 1, 2021)

Candidates accepted into the residency program are notified via email or telephone no later than March 25

  • Candidates have 72 hours to respond with their decision
  • If accepted, candidates must submit additional required documents (please refer to the Credentialing Documents Checklist)

Accepted residents must attend a mandatory pre-residency onboarding event (dates TBD) which are conducted in person at UC Davis Health in Sacramento if public health conditions allow or via Zoom if necessary.

Advanced NP-PRACTICE 2021-22 residency cohort begins Oct. 1.

Oct. 30 — Application opens

Feb.7 — Application closes at 11:59 p.m. PST) (online application and the PDF of required documents received after the deadline are not considered)

Week of Feb. 22 — Applicants selected for interviews are notified this week

March 8-12 — Required candidate interviews are conducted online via Zoom

March 25 — Candidates are notified of acceptance into the program (no later than March 25)

Mandatory onboarding days — Dates to be determined (in Sacramento if public health conditions allow; otherwise via Zoom)

Oct. 1 — Program for 2021 cohort begins